Liverpool will NOT be investigated by the EFL over false positive Covid-19 tests

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Liverpool will NOT be investigated by the EFL over the FORTY positive Covid-19 tests between players and staff that saw their Carabao Cup semi-final with Arsenal called off last week… before Jurgen Klopp revealed most were false

  • Jurgen Klopp revealed on Sunday a number of positive Covid tests were false 
  • Liverpool had their League Cup semi-final cancelled as a result of the tests
  • The EFL has no plans to investigate Liverpool over their cancellation  


The EFL has no plans to investigate Liverpool over a number of false positive Covid-19 tests which led to the postponement of the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal last week.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp revealed on Sunday that the club’s Covid outbreak last week was due to ‘a lot of false positives’.

The scale of infection as indicated by those PCR test results – which followed an initial round of lateral flow tests – led to the temporary closure of their training ground and ultimately the decision to postpone the cup match against Arsenal, which was due to be played last Thursday.

Jurgen Klopp revealed Liverpool's Covid outbreak last week was due to 'a lot of false positives'

Jurgen Klopp revealed Liverpool’s Covid outbreak last week was due to ‘a lot of false positives’

It is understood the EFL views the evidence submitted to it by Liverpool was sufficient and that the correct process was followed, and has no plans to open an investigation. 

As many as 40 players and staff returned suspected positive results, it is understood.

Klopp said after the FA Cup win over Shrewsbury: ‘We had last week a proper outbreak and it showed up that we had a lot of false positives but the rules are like they are, so all these players who are false positives couldn’t play.

‘The only real positive came from Trent Alexander-Arnold and all the rest were false positives.’

Liverpool were back in action on Sunday and beat Shrewsbury 4-1 in the FA Cup third round

Liverpool were back in action on Sunday and beat Shrewsbury 4-1 in the FA Cup third round

It is understood the club conducted a second round of PCR tests after when the Carabao Cup match have been held, and it was at that point that they concluded the first round of PCRs had contained a number of false positives.

The EFL agreed to postpone the match, meaning that the game between the sides this Thursday at Anfield will now serve as the first leg, with the match at the Emirates Stadium rescheduled to January 20.

The EFL has also advised players to travel to matches in their own cars where practical to minimise the risk of Covid infection, PA understands.

The advice, which was first reported on by Sportsmail, is contained within Covid-19 protocols issued to clubs

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